1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale - Atwater Brewery

Not Rated.
Decadent Dark Chocolate AleDecadent Dark Chocolate Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
83
good

413 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 413
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 17.17%
Wants: 18
Gots: 81 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Atwater Brewery visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ShanePB on 02-02-2012

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Ratings: 413 | Reviews: 97
Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pitch black, mid-tan head, short and fading quickly, with some lacing.

S - One of the strongest chocolate fragrance coming off this that I've ever found in a beer. Reminds me distinctly of Hersey dark chocolate syrup, with a hint of straight cocoa, as well. Fudge and brownie mix also present.

T - Follows the nose, but not as intense. The fact that this is still a beer is clearer in the taste, though it remains extraordinarily chocolate forward. Lacks hop elements, and also most roast characteristics of a standard stout.

M - Lacking the gravity I associate with stouts. No drying. A bit sticky.

O - It absolutely delivers on the name. Heavy chocolate eclipses most other characteristics. As an exercise of how to amplify chocolate smells and tastes, the exercise is interesting, but ends up feeling a bit one-noted. That is a significant detraction for a beer, even with the spot-on chocolate hit it delivers.

Photo of jlindros
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Well, I'm not expecting a whole lot from this beer, but could be interesting. I love how they have the month and year stamp on the bottom, it's just too bad they didn't actually stamp the date! What a waste.

An aggressive pour yields a small creamy 1/2 finger dark head that fades semi quickly, a little lacing, but most of the lacing is due to long legs on the sides surprisingly, I hope it's not too sweet. Absolutely pitch black, no light coming through this sucker.

Nose pretty much delivers what it promises, dark chocolate, and lots of it. Tons of dark chocolate and fudgey cocoa, an almost chewy oat chocolate mix, with some caramel and black malt notes, but that's about it, just chocolate.

Taste brings lots more chocolate, but seems like a watery chocolate taste, like making a thick hot cocoa but using water, and using too much water, a thin base of the beer. Dark chocolate in there, cocoa and a little fudge note, mild caramel note, as well as some toasty roasty notes, a bit of burnt roast as well. Mild bitter grassy hop comes through late, and that turns to bitter slight spicy hops on the finish, as it dries on the finish, a little powedered cocoa like I just emptied one of those Swiss Miss hot chocolate packs in my mouth and then drank water.

Mouth is lighter bod, lighter carbonation too, not as creamy as I expected it to be.

Overall, not too great. It has chocolate yes, but that's about all it has, and the mouth/body and base malt beer are just sooo thin and watery. It def could have benefited from some oats or creamy feel in general, or even just more body from the malts.

Photo of Goldndomer
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of walkinginplace
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jrs3994243
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Thirstygoat
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Monsta-beer-drinker
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.56/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one's a beaut. Had it in a snifter at a bar and at home from bottle to stout glass.

Both ways, the aroma is incomparable. Dark, bitter chocolate with a little coffee grounds on the nose. Every time I have one of these in front of me, I let it sit for several minutes just enjoy the aroma wafting from the glass. Do the people around me look at me sideways for breathing from the glass? Yup. But not after they get a sniff of this wonderful little brew.

The taste follows through, a nice stout feel more bitter coffee than in the smell. The best part is there isn't any taste of artificial chocolate that infects so many chocolate stouts.

One of my favorite stouts, period.

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 22Blue
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of goldzconv
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Faunland
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of JoeLacy
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AlexAfonin
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Halvey
4.11/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A must try for chocolate lovers.

Photo of changdulla
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Shanenkrat
4.75/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great smell and taste, recommend giving it a try.

Photo of merock1402
4.85/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Chocolate chocolate chocolate! Fun beer but not sure I could drink them all night

Photo of psmith161
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SamArsenau
4.97/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite beers

Photo of cmwilliq
3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mantooth
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of ms_alyssa
4.6/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of TooGood
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale from Atwater Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 413 ratings.